Welcome to this installment of The Wellness Universe’s ‘A Conversation With …’ interview series! Each week, we will feature interviews from some of our amazing WU World Changers so you can learn about who they are as a person, their profession, mission, and their why!’
Welcome to A Conversation with Asit Ghosh –
Personal Development & Wellness Trainer, Life Coach, and Author.
The Wellness Universe directory is a resource and community filled with Change-Makers, we call WU World-Changers (Wellness Universe World-Changers). Today we want to introduce you to our member, Asit Ghosh. His mission is to inspire and empower people to leave their footprints on earth.
Hello Asit, will you please tell us about yourself?
With a very humble beginning and rural primary education, struggling with mediocrity, inferiority complexes, and above all, pecuniary strains, I passed my school and college to start my career as a frontline salesman. Then a book changed my life – it was Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer. I learnt to challenge myself to complete my post-graduation from FMS, Delhi University and to rise in my career.
After my last employment as a Trade and Investment Advisor under the Her Majesty’s Government, I found my calling in the training world through my robust mentor Aporesh Acharya, formerly of Dale Carnegie Institute. Later, I qualified as a Success Leadership Coach, NLP Master, and an Extended DISC behavioural analyst. Over the last 10 years, the fascinating field of wellness was added to my portfolio, learning from a few profound mentors and ongoing studies on esoteric realities about human life.
I feel blessed to have touched over 175,000 lives through the last three decades.
As of now, I am working to develop some pioneering tools and books on wellness and aspire to play my part as a WU World Changer with Anna, Shari, and other associates on this wonderful and resourceful platform of The Wellness Universe.
Asit, what is it that inspires you?
I’m deeply inspired by an invaluable prophecy of my Spiritual Guru Paramhansa Yogananda, who once said: “Leave on this earth, something worthy which is not there.” I can authentically say, I find immense joy in creating brand new programs, methodologies, and contents which will be easy and effective in helping people to actualize their innate potential and live a higher life.
Above all, I love God and my best quote is from the Bible: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.”
Will you please tell us what you call yourself and explain what it is that you do?
I love representing myself as a Freedom Facilitator and Transformation Catalyst. I work as an inspirational speaker, personal development wellness trainer, and coach. I’m working on some exclusive wellness projects, creating a few e-learning modules and a new book. I have the least doubt that achieving these dreams will be less formidable as a premium plus member of Wellness Universe, which is a goldmine of mind-boggling resources.
How exactly does that help someone?
People of the world in general, especially in India and a few other countries, are relentless victims of stress, pain, trauma, and suffering. The right learning of wellness will not only relieve them from their endless agonies, but it will also change their paradigms about living a happy, wholesome, and fulfilled life. To me, wellness is not a substitute tool, but rather the right way of living a richer and fuller life.
Why are you so passionate about inspiring and empowering others to leave their footprints on earth?
Well, have you heard that great quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin? “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
The ultimate Law of Karma says we must work with passion to serve humanity and without a spirit of personal attachment. It is not how much capital we made, but rather how much we have contributed determines our spiritual worth and destiny. Therefore, this is what I attempt to practice and preach.
Did any specific life experience prompt you to follow this path?
Yes, this is a spiritual path. The seed was sown in my early childhood days. Let me share the story of when I met the first hero of my life:
It was 1962, our country experienced a devastating war with our neighbouring country China. Our Army then had inadequate resources. It was about 4 pm in our Townhall. The whole town assembled to meet Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa, our Army Chief who visited our town. This tall, lean, and bald gentleman appeared on the dais laid up in the eastern side of our vast playground. He wore a white shirt and trousers. He spoke in Hindi. I don’t remember everything he spoke, but I cannot ever forget one sentence he spoke eloquently stretching his hands forward:
“Your country is in war; your soldiers are fighting in the border of Himalayas to protect you. We need your help to support them. It’s a time of distress. I have come to ask you to help your army with everything you have.”
There was a white bedsheet spread before him. What I saw might sound like a miracle. There was an uproar in the crowd. The whole ambiance was charged-up with national slogans and anthem. People ran with money toward the dais; women opened their bangles and earrings and threw on the white bed-sheet. Some ran back to their nearby houses and brought money, gold, woolens, blankets etc. The Field Marshall was screaming with stretched hands: “give, give, support your soldiers, it’s your duty.” I saw many men and women wiping their tears.
Why did people give everything? Why were no questions asked, and no doubt was expressed? Because they saw ingenuity, humanity, love, authenticity, and a deep sense of purpose and commitment in their leader. Field Marshall Cariappa revealed himself by his speech. So, everything happened at the drop of a hat. I ran fast through the lanes and implored my mother to give me some of her ornaments so I can also give those to my hero. To my parents, who didn’t experience the event first hand, my appeal appeared impulsive. I don’t blame them, but I felt enormous pain and helplessness for I had nothing to give except a few drops of my silent tears.
I hope you now know why I picked up such a mission and the great lesson my life had taught through the first hero of my life.
How long have you been doing this?
Since early 1990. So, almost three decades.
Will you share a story of how you have made a difference in someone’s life?
Renu and Neeraj, a wonderful couple, loyal clients and great friends since 1995. They took my training and introduced me to hundreds of clients since. Their two children were very small when their parents met me for the first time. Their son Ankit is an accomplished IT entrepreneur and is running his business from a cozy office in Nehru Place in New Delhi. In early 2015, I approached Neeraj to help me locate a small office in New Delhi as my own work-place in the capital. Neeraj, who operated from Mumbai, another city in the western coast, asked me to meet his son Ankit. As I went to see Ankit, he cordially showed me a spare office room attached to his own office and offered me to set-up my work-place there. When I asked the rental, he would expect for this premium address, the young man invited me to his own chamber and ordered some coffee for both of us. He quickly searched out an old family snap of mine with his parents, Neha, his sister and himself. He said these words:
“Do you know uncle, when you came in the life of my parents what they were going through? The vast business empire of my grandpa was divided, and my parents underwent such severe trauma and depression. It is through your training my dad and mom revived their will-power and re-built their business. You would have charged too little an amount for your fees from my parents, but Neha and I are reaping the benefits free of cost.”
Give me a chance to do this for you as a gesture of gratitude. We don’t need this place and I shall only be so happy to see you here. It’s yours, if you want.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Wellness. Yes, that happens to be the field where I want to work. To me, wellness is far from any alternative health and fitness tool. I see this to a natural way of living a happy, wholesome, and fulfilled life. As life has become a little too complicated, most people are not able to see the reality. I want to clear this myth and help people to see this as a simple and natural phenomenon. I’m working hard to create some easy and simple programs, books, and contents on wellness. I hope these will be a welcome thing for the mass. I intend to offer all these new products through this wonderful platform of Wellness Universe.
Thank you so much for sharing today, Asit! Do you have any final thoughts?
Permit me then, to share the concluding four lines of one of my poems:
“The two options life gives to a man
Are either big or small,
To live for self is the smaller one
And the big is to live for all.”